Vintage popovers recipe from 1900’s recipe box

This vintage popovers recipe from a 1900's recipe box is the best popover recipe I have ever made. They're simple to make and turn out every time!

I opened the old recipe box again and was so excited to find a popover recipe. I have always heard how difficult making popovers was, but my Great Grandmother’s recipe did not fit into that category.  I believe I may have found The Best Popover Recipe. I have made these babies several times and not only are they incredibly easy, they turn out every single time.

This vintage popovers recipe from a 1900's recipe box is the best popover recipe I have ever made. They're simple to make and turn out every time!

So what is a popover? In case you are curious, a popover is a light hollow roll made from a thin egg batter.  They remind me of German pancakes. They are crispy on the outside, but soft and dense in the inside. They have a buttery flavor and are best served hot from the oven. I like to spread a little jam on mine but the flavoring options are endless.

This recipe uses simple ingredients that are always in my kitchen. Eggs, milk, flour, salt and butter. The only thing that I didn’t have and had to borrow was a popover pan. They look like this.

We had to return the pan after having it for 3 weeks, and I am missing it already. These pans have deep, tapered cups set apart to promote proper air circulation and efficient baking. You can purchase one on amazon here.  I bet they have these pans at places like Walmart too.  I heard you can try making them in muffin tins and that it will work, just not as good, but I haven’t actually tried doing it that way myself.

Okay, enough chit chat, you ready to find out how to make the best popover recipe in your life?

1900’s Vintage Popovers Recipe

This vintage popovers recipe from a 1900's recipe box is the best popover recipe I have ever made. They're simple to make and turn out every time!


First you will want to place your popover pan on the oven rack on the lowest position. Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees with popover pan in oven.

Next you will make the popover batter. Mix 2 eggs, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk, dash of salt, and 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Beat with hand mixer or whisk, and mix until the batter is smooth and has little air bubbles on the surface.


Once oven is preheated, pull out popover pan and coat with cooking spray. Add the batter into the hot pan about 3/4 full. Put pan back  in oven and bake for 20 minutes.



After 20 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 15 minutes. Take pan out of oven, and take a second or two to swoon over the beauty of these popovers. They are so pretty!

This vintage popovers recipe from a 1900's recipe box is the best popover recipe I have ever made. They're simple to make and turn out every time!

Popovers lose that crunchy outer shell if they sit in the pan too long so stop staring at the beauty and make sure to dump them out onto a cooling rack right away. Then poke a hole in the bottom or side of each popover with a small knife to let the steam escape. Serve immediately. They are best right out of the oven. Like I said earlier, I like it best with jam. Mmmmm… so good!

This vintage popovers recipe from a 1900's recipe box is the best popover recipe I have ever made. They're simple to make and turn out every time!

This recipe only made 4 popovers…. super annoying since a popover pan has 6 cups. I fixed this problem by tripling the recipe and making 2 batches and it worked out perfectly. Tripling the batter made the perfect amount for 12 popovers. Problem solved.

I hope you try to make a batch of my Great Grandmother’s popovers, especially if you have never tried a popover before.  I have added the recipe below. Happy baking!

4.5 from 2 votes
Vintage popovers recipe from 1900's recipe box
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

1900’s Vintage Popovers have simple ingredients and easy to make!

Servings: 4
Calories: 201 kcal
Author: Karrie
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees with popover pan in oven.
  2. Beat eggs, add milk together. Add in melted butter.
  3. Sift flour and salt together and add it to the wet ingredients. Beat until smooth.
  4. Once oven is pre-heated, remove hot pan from oven, grease muffin tins with cooking spray, and fill 2/3 full.
  5. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 15 minutes.



Vintage popovers recipe from 1900’s recipe box was last modified: March 6th, 2017 by Ashleigh

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  1. Thank you for sharing this! I collect old cookbooks (1800s-1970s) and cook old-school all the time. This is not terribly unlike Yorkshire pudding, which is YUM. Will try these popovers this weekend!

  2. Heather says:

    Oh I wish we were neighbors, I would let you borrow my pan anytime 🙂 My mom used to make those for us as kids, especially on soup nights. I moved out eons ago and when I did she bought me a pan. I make them when I am homesick. Smothered in jam is best the next morning (when at room temp) for a quick breakfast treat!

  3. We’ve always baked popovers in those small pyrex glass dishes. You just coat them nicely with shortening, pop them in the oven to hot and pour in the batter. Works every time! I have a popover pan too, but I enjoy the pyrex method better. Just an FYI in case you needed it.

  4. These look great! I’ve actually never heard of these, but I’ll have to try them. We love finding great recipes to try that will save us money. Plus it’s always great when you have a recipe that’s been passed down, because you KNOW it’s gonna be good! I’ll be pinning this to my recipes to try! Thanks for sharing. 😀

  5. Any dietitians out there who can calculate calories? One recipe I saw had 12 eggs! Yikes! Would love to try this one

  6. This recipe is very similar to our British Yorkshire pudding (as in “roast beef and Yorkshire’) we would take the drippings from the beef and add to the bottom of the pre-heated pan and then pour in the batter – very yummy side dish to roast beef – don’t forget the roast potatoes too:)

    ps Yorkshire people are known to be extremely frugal and people were told to help themselves to the puddings (or pop-overs) first covered with gravy and hope that everyone would fill up and wouldn’t want too much of the expensive beef:)

  7. I see that you say the recipe makes only 4 popovers. I figured out a recipe and a half so I could get 6 of them, my popover pan does 6:

    3 eggs
    1 and 1/2 c. milk
    1 and 1/2 c. flour
    3/8 tsp sea salt (we actually like more salt than that, so will up it to 1/2 tsp.)
    1 and 1/2 T. melted butter

  8. My recipe is exactly the same, my big breakthrough was making sure all the ingredients, expecially the eggs and milk were room temperature. (I actually make sure the milk is a little warm) Elevate your recipe by adding in a tea. good dijon mustard and 6-8 small cubes of gruyere cheese.A bit of fresh ground pepper is also optional. OMG! When they come out of the oven grate on a little more gruyere with a fine microplane grater so it melts as it hits the top. PERFECTION!!!!

  9. If you do not own popover pans can I use muffin tins, and would the cooking time be the
    same, please reply to my email, my mom lived in England during the war and rations I would
    love to try these!!!! THANKYOU

  10. You can use a standard muffen pan that is what I use …I also bring the milk and eggs to room temperature. Never fails always perfect

  11. I found a popover pan at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore when we were there to get some parts for a bathroom remodel. I have a newfound love of popovers. This recipe has just slightly different proportions than the one on the box; I think I’ll being trying it tonight. I’ll have to make one change – I’ve got bantams instead of full sized chickens, so I’ll need to use 3 eggs.

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